"MOLDOVANS SHOULD RECOGNIZE THAT TOURISM TO MOLDOVA CAN BENEFIT THEM"
Tourism has often been called one of the most profitable activities and a major social phenomenon of the 20th century. It is expected that in the early 21st century the number of tourists will increase dramatically and consequently the revenues from tourism will increase considerably. Moreover, it is widely recognized that tourism is an important factor that can contribute to the development of market-oriented economy. It can be stated that tourism is directly linked with the cultural, economic and intellectual potential of a country and the current statistical data show that tourism is defined as one of the most rapidly developing industries. Tourism creates jobs and contributes to helping transportation companies, hotels, restaurants and banks get along and make money. International tourism is growing at a fast pace and Moldova could and should become a tourist company.
170 YEARS SINCE ESTABLISHMENT
Recently the National Library of Moldova, the biggest library in this country, celebrated its 170th anniversary. Its fund amounts to 2.5 million books stacked on 50 kilometers of shelves. Over the 170 years of its existence the library has accumulated an exclusive encyclopedic collection that includes traditional documents (books and diskettes) and other sources of information like compact disks and cassettes. Besides books the library fund includes over 4500 magazine names, 2500 newspaper names, and nearly 60 manuscripts dating back to the 18th century. Old books fund has 13 thousand volumes and approximately 2000 periodicals exhibited in over 20 different collections.
ROMANTIC VIEW OF PRECIOUS STONES
Gems are strongly associated in the minds of many people with fairy tales, distant exotic lands, ancient legends and myths. There is something enigmatic about them, something that made many a philosopher reflect upon strange influence they exercise on people (apart from their purely monetary value). Their special qualities make one think of the eternal.